52 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078 | (973) 379-3973 | 2021-2022 Registration Packet

Positions:

Class Representatives open to Grades 5, 6 ,7 and 8

Secretary and Treasure open to Grades 6, 7 and 8

Student Council President open to 8th Grade only

Students interested in running for Student Council must follow the instructions listed below to qualify for a position:

1.      Write and submit a letter of intent stating that they are interested in a position on the board. It is suggested that the letter include the candidate’s goals and objectives for the position they will be running for at SRLA. Due date is on or before 10/15, no exceptions.

2.      Student Council Mentors are Mrs. Machen and Principal Underwood. We will meet with and provide guidance for all interested in running for the council throughout the election process.

3.      Meetings will be held throughout the year. They will take place during the lunch/recess period.

4.      Part of the election process will involve public speeches and posters outlining to your fellow students just why they should vote for you! Posters must have Principal Underwood’s seal of approval before they are hung in the halls. Failure to do so will result in instant removal from the Student Council race.

5.      Upon receipt of your letter of intent, candidates for the Executive Board positions will receive a packet containing all of the paperwork that must be completed along with guidelines and deadlines.

6.      Candidates will speak for 2-3 minutes about their plans for the school should they be elected.(two separate meeting to better ensure safe spacing) both will be held on Thursday, October 28th.

7.      Attendees will be expected to follow the general rules of conduct for the speeches and election which will be posted for everyone.

8.      The election will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Please note the following:

    - 5th grade students may only run for Class Representatives.

    - 6th grade students may run for Class Representative as well as the Executive Board positions of Secretary and Treasurer.

    - 7th grade students may run for all positions except that of Student Council President.

    - 8th grade students may run for all positions without exception. 

If you have any questions or wish to submit a letter of intent, please see Principal Underwood or Mrs. Machen.

* There will be two representatives elected from each grade. A separate election will be held in each homeroom for these positions.

Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any additional questions,

Principal Underwood
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Dear SRLA Families,

Failing to learn anything from Covid-19, we planned to switch over to winter uniforms just in time for photo day, October 19th (rain date 10/21). Unfortunately, the delay in winter uniforms coming from Flynn and O’Hara necessitates we change the winter uniform date to 11/29/21

So, what does this mean?

  • Students will wear their fall uniform for picture day
  • Students will continue to wear their fall uniforms until 11/29
  • Students may mix and match pieces from their winter uniform, should they have them.
  • The date of 11/29 should allow for everyone to receive their winter uniform.
  • If not, please stay tuned for future updates.
  • Most vendors have struggled with the shipping and in most cases the suppliers were affected as well.

Thank you for your patience,

Principal Underwood
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Quick update!

The Annual Farmers' Market will be in the gym.

Principal Underwood

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10/15/21 Farmers Market Schedule

7:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.:  Event Set-Up

 

Farmers Market Walk-Through Schedule

8:45 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.             Pre-K3 (8 students) 

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.             Pre-K4 (18 students)

9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.             Kindergarten (21 students)

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.             1st Grade(21 students)

9:45 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.             2nd Grade (20 students)

10:00 a.m. -10:10 a.m.           3rd Grade (21 students)     

10:15 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.        4th Grade (15 students)   

10:25 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.         5th Grade (18 students)

10:35 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.         6th Grade Blue (17 students)

10:45 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.         6th Grade Gold (17 students)

10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.         7th Grade (18 students)

11:05 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.         Open period

11:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.         8th Grade Blue (16 students)

11:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.         8th Grade Gold (18 students)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:      Event Clean-Up  

Friday, October 29, 2021

Trunk set-up:12:00 Noon

Trunk or Treat 1:15PM – 2 :30PM

What is a Trunk-or-Treat? It's when Academy families get together in

the church parking lot, park their cars, open up the trunks of their cars,

and children come around to each car to Trunk-or-Treat!!!

To really get into the spirit~ Academy parents can open their trunks to reveal

Halloween-themed decorations. Children can walk from trunk to trunk

to look at the decorations and receive candy and treats such as Halloween

Stickers, Pencils, Erasers, Apple Slices, Small Oranges, Popcorn, Trail Mix and the like!!! Please see the non-food Halloween treats flyer for suggestions!

Here are some fun Halloween activities you can do for the Trunk-or-Treat:

1. Trunk Decorating Contest: an optional activity for those who would like to decorate the trunk of their vehicle for the Trunk-or-Treat!

2. Any parent may participate: just let your class parent know in advance!

3. Prizes will also be awarded for the best parent and /or pet costumes!!! (Yes, pets are invited!)

Costume Restrictions: The following Costume restrictions apply!!!

No clowns, masks, blood, guts, gore, weapons, or inappropriate dress/costume.

***Remember to wear your school uniform and change after lunch!!**

Annual Farmers' Market

Our HSA is pleased to once again offer our students an incredible Farmers' Market experience in our very own Parking Lot!

An incredible display of fall fruits and vegetables will be offered to our students to sample. In addition, our lucky students will select a sample to take home with them as well!!!

Enjoy your day,
Principal Underwood

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10/15/21 Farmers Market Schedule

7:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.:  Event Set-Up Parking lot eleven rectangle tables set up along the sidewalk railing (see special diagram).

 

Farmers Market Walk-Through Schedule

8:45 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.             Pre-K3 (8 students) 

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.             Pre-K4 (18 students)

9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.             Kindergarten (21 students)

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.             1st Grade(21 students)

9:45 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.             2nd Grade (20 students)

10:00 a.m. -10:10 a.m.           3rd Grade (21 students)     

10:15 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.        4th Grade (15 students)   

10:25 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.         5th Grade (18 students)

10:35 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.         6th Grade Blue (17 students)

10:45 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.         6th Grade Gold (17 students)

10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.         7th Grade (18 students)

11:05 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.         Open period

11:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.         8th Grade Blue (16 students)

11:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.         8th Grade Gold (18 students)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:       Event Clean-Up  

Parents,

When emailing when your student will be absent or a dismissal change, please copy your student's teacher and be sure that your e-mail subject line indicates a change in pick up or a student being absent. 

It is also helpful to let us know if the student is aware of the change in dismissal.

Please note that it is best if you do not email by replying to a previous email as the subject line such as RE : Lunch menu, RE : Raven Rundown.

Thank you

Parents,

Please see the information below if you are planning to travel for the holidays.

Please be advised that this Travel Policy could change at any time.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood 

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Dear Middle School Parents,

     I am happy to announce that working on the school newspaper for the 2021-2022 school year has begun! The Raven’s Nest school newspaper will be published three times this year once in the seasons of fall, winter, and spring. As of October 4th, students will be able to participate as “journalists” in various ways such as an editor, writer, illustrator, photographer, or co coordinator.

As discussed in class, meetings will be virtual (no need to worry about pick up) each Monday from 3:30-4:00 through a Google Meet link that is posted on Google Classroom.   Many of your children have signed up for a position and are very excited to be a part of this collaborative effort.   

  We will be working hard to bring many stories about the events happening at SRLA to the community and cannot wait to bring it one the best school newspapers to life with all our many talents and skills!

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Best regards,

Mrs. Muller

Middle School Language Arts 

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Archdiocese of Newark has transitioned to NWEA MAP Growth for its testing program in the elementary schools. The fall 2021 window for MAP Growth testing in the Archdiocese of Newark elementary schools is from October 4th through October 22nd. St. Rose of Lima will test from October 6th through October 8th. This leaves us plenty of time for make-ups and scheduling challenges. You cannot prepare for the MAP testing, other than enjoy a good night’s sleep and have breakfast!

Testing will be carried out for grades two through seventh (eighth grade will not need to test in the fall as they will be taking the HSPT on November 5th (Eighth grade will resume MAP testing for the winter and spring cycles).

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that students take at various times during the school year (fall, winter, spring). Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on the student’s responses to previous questions. If the student answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next question is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what the student knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and monitor each student’s academic growth over time.

The MAP Growth tests are untimed. Most students complete each subject test in less than an hour. Students who do not finish the assessment in the time scheduled for the testing session are able to resume the test at another time without the loss of test responses already submitted. The reports obtained from MAP Growth testing provide information about the student’s level of achievement and his or her growth over time.

For more information about MAP Growth visit:
https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Sincerely,
Principal Tina Underwood
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Dear Parents,

Tuesday, October 19th is Photo Day for individual pictures.

 

We will not have class photos again this year.

 

All students need to be in the regular winter uniform. The following schedule is just a framework for photo day. Your child will be called down and individual photos will be taken outside. The rain date is set for Thursday, October 21st.

 

 Photo schedule:

 

Grade 8 Gold: 8:30-8:50

Grade 8 Blue: 8:55:-9:15

Pre-k 2.5 & 3: 9:15-9:30

Pre-k 4: 9:30-9:45

Grade K: 9:45--10:00

Grade 1: 10:00-10:15

Grade 2: 10:15-10:30

Grade 3: 10:30-10:45

Grade 4: 10:45-11:00

Grade 5 : 11:00--11:15

Grade 6 Blue: 11:15-11:30

Grade 6 Gold : 11:30-11:45

Grade 7 : 11:45-12:00

 

The Photo Day process will be a bit different this year as there will not be order forms. Parents will receive an email after photo day with a link to view and order photos. If you choose to order, your package will ship directly to your home. 

 

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that Friday, October 1st, is a 12:10 dismissal day.

It is also a Dress Up Day for charity.

On these days the students may come to school out of uniform in regular clothing or Spirit Wear in return for a $1.00 donation.

See schedule below.

All Preschool programs end at 11:25 on early dismissal/half days. 

School Eatery will be offering lunch Friday if you would like to have a lunch sent home with your student.

https://schooleatery.ahotlunch.com/login

Your school code for the new software is RLA (all caps).

There will be aftercare, but please note anyone staying for aftercare must bring their own lunch and a drink or order from School Eatery.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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School Drop-off Protocol

Parents, 

We are implementing a slight change to our carline procedure to facilitate a smoother pick-up of children at dismissal. In addition, parent volunteers will be on hand to assist.

New P.M. Carline Procedure:

·     Upon arriving for pickup, please make sure to form 3 lines in the back lot.

·     When instructed by a parent volunteer, the first wave of cars will pull forward into the front lot (prior to school dismissal) to await the students. Cars in the front lot will remain stationary upon dismissal. There is to be no movement until the students are safely in their cars.

·     Once this line is complete, the remaining cars will form 3 pickup lines as usual and await instruction by Mr. Miller to pull forward and proceed as usual.

·     Please ensure anyone picking up your children is made aware of the protocol. 

By forming a line in the front lot PRIOR to the arrival of the children, it will help ease parking lot congestion and move the process along more quickly. 

Please sign up to volunteer at the car line in afternoons through October 22. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DABAA23A75-carline 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Update:

Sr. Sandy's Pumpkin Patch new date is October 19th with a rain date of October 21st.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood 

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Fall Food Truck Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

Join us for the SRLA Annual Fall Food Truck Festival Friday, October 15th from 7-10PM! You may purchase your tickets online now--the ticket price of $60/per person includes a souvenir cup!

You may also pre-order an SRLA pint glass and/or wine glass — while supplies last!

On October 15th, the SRLA parking lot will turn into a fun, fall festival. Grab a pizza or a burrito from one of our fabulous food trucks, toast the new school year with an SRLA glass, and top it off with a shake or donut from our dessert truck.

Also, don’t forget to enter the annual cornhole tournament! (Bring cash to play cornhole and 50/50!)

Teachers! Your admittance to the event is complimentary! Please see the ticket link to purchase tickets for any guests!

Adherence to social distancing and face coverings required. Beer and wine available but feel free to bring your beverage of choice. We will feature LIVE MUSIC again this year!!

If you are unable to attend, please consider helping out by sponsoring the event and helping us cut down on costs. How you can help:

Be a Sponsor!

Support our fundraising efforts and become a Blue Sponsor at any amount, a Gold Sponsor at $100 or a Raven at $200! Please make your contribution by Wednesday, October 13 if you wish to be recognized for your sponsorship at the Fall Food Truck Festival.

Volunteer!

If you are able to make it, please sign up for a shift to help out during the evening. We need people at check-in, to bartend, and help with set-up and clean-up. Check out the Sign Up Genius Link to sign up.

Any Questions?

Contact Jennifer Coleman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mara Sirhal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Hope to see you all there! And remember to book your babysitter now, as this is an adult-only event.

~SRLA HSA

Show Your School Spirit with SRLA Spirit Wear!

Shop our school's latest selection of branded apparel and accessories.

The shop is open through October 8th, so shop now!

Youth and adult sizes are available. As always, a portion of the proceeds benefit the school.

https://www.destinationathlete.com/teams/store.aspx?team=2336&dept=2355

In- School Spirit Wear Guidelines

May be worn:

- on dress down days

- on special spirit wear days

- on student birthdays

- as outerwear, then removed once in school

- all over town to show your school spirit!!

May not be worn:

- in place of regular or gym uniforms

Thanks,

The HSA

September 17, 2021

Remembering 9/11 with Prayer and Service

SRLA students and faculty were joined by Fr. Harahan and Sr. Sandy to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 with an outdoor prayer service to remember all who were lost on that day and since.

A big thank you to all SRLA families for your generous donations in honor of the National Day of Remembrance. Donated items will be distributed by Catholic Charities to help families in need.

 

Principal's Corner

Virtual Back-to-School Night

Virtual Back-to-School Night will run from 7:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 23, 2021 for grades K-8.

Each teacher will send a detailed schedule and Zoom invitation out to you next week.

The pre-school will run from 5:00-6:00 pm

Teachers will Zoom from the school and specials will be available as well. Please remember that you may meet with or email any teacher at any time.

Protecting God's Children

Class will be held here at SRLA on Thursday, October 14, 3:00-4:30 pm.

Enjoy your weekend!

Principal Underwood

Volunteer with the HSA

Please add your name to lend a hand on our mandatory Volunteer Signup list, which each family agreed to when they registered at SRLA. This signup breaks down the different volunteer opportunities at SRLA so parents can choose where they prefer to participate, or what works best with their schedule.

Simply sign up each parent or guardian for whichever fundraising or volunteering event you'd like to be involved in for the 2021-22 school year. It's that simple! And, don't worry, all events are supported by the HSA so we will be there every step of the way!

*Note: Beginning October 18, 2021, all parent volunteers will be required to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the preceding week. Details can be found here.

Sign Up to Volunteer Now

Meet Our New Teachers

Welcome!

Mrs. Doyle, First Grade

Ms. Fowler, Art

Reminders!

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Please pay special attention to SRLA's walk-in and car line diagrams to ensure smooth arrivals and dismissals and to keep our students safe!

"Shop" the SRLA Uniform Closet

Parents are welcome to visit the school's uniform closet to pick up gently-worn items for free! The closet is located in the front room of the Teachers' Lounge across from the Library.

Drop-offs are also appreciated!

Raven Nation Cross Country

We are very happy to report that SRLA Cross Country practice began this week, the first since Fall, 2019!

And there's still time to join!

The XC season runs from September until early November. Participation is open to grades K through 8, and the registration fee of $45 is billed through SmartTuition.

Learn more details, including practice and meet dates, and register here.

Fall Food Truck Festival

Book your sitters and get ready to eat!

Save the date for our annual Fall Food Truck Festival, Friday, October 15, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to hang out with friends, meet new families, and enjoy some seriously delicious food and beverages. Look out for an email next week with links to buy your tickets and sign up to lend a hand!

Ravens Going Bald for a Cause

SRLA 8th Graders Conor and Patrick Naughton, along with their father, Denis, have teamed up to raise money for childhood cancer research.

St. Baldrick's is a national charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research by enlisting volunteers to shave their heads. Volunteer "shavees" request donations from their family and community to sponsor them.

This year's "haircuts" will take place on September 18th at the Shillelagh Club in West Orange, so there is still time to donate to help Conor and Patrick reach their goal! 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

9/23 - Virtual Back-to-School Night

10/1 - Coffee & Conversation | 12:10pm Dismissal

10/14 - Protecting God's Children Session, 3-4:30pm

10/15 - Farmers Market | Fall Food Truck Festival

View the SRLA Calendar

 

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St. Rose of Lima Academy

Principal: Tina Underwood, Ed.S.
 
52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
 
Phone: 973-379-3973
Fax: 973-379-3722


 


 

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St. Rose of Lima Parish

Pastor: Father Robert Harahan

50 Short Hills Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973-379-3912 
Fax: 973-379-6157 

Website: http://www.stroseshorthills.org